Watching what I’m reading . . .

It’s late Sunday afternoon right now in New Zealand and we have had what is termed a ‘weatherbomb’ and apparently it’s not over yet. It would be the biggest storm we’ve had since we moved into this house almost eighteen months ago. Our house is very sheltered, but the rain has been pelting against the windows and all the trees in the neighbourhood have taken a hammering. We had a panicked call from Nancy, our neighbour behind and above us as a couple of pieces of her patio furniture had blown off her deck and ended up in our back yard. They’re now tucked away in our basement until the storm has passed. We’ve had to tie down the cover over our deck furniture, and I had to rescue the cushions that had blown off my day bed. Oh, if only I had the time to use it! There has been a bit of a lull for the past hour or so but the wind is picking up again now, and I can see the rain coming up the valley. I love a good storm and spent a good part of this morning just staring out the window.

I have also watched a movie today, a very rare occurrence for me. It was The Gentle Man starring John Wayne and set in Ireland.

I have made a vegan and gluten free chocolate raspberry slice to take up to my son when I go up Tuesday. I have a bag of books to take to the second hand bookstore on way up and hopefully swap for some on my ever lengthening list of ‘I want to reads.’

I also plan on visiting some kitchen showrooms because, although I know how I want the new kitchen laid out, I really don’t know about colours, although I am leaning towards white with black trim and a copper backsplash. As it will be the first room in the house to be renovated it will set the tone for the rest of the house so I have to get this right. I am leaning towards Hamptons style. Any thoughts? Recommendations?

I read one more book than anticipated this week and it broke my reading slump. It was the five star The Last to Know by Jo Furniss,

the review for which I posted yesterday. I loved the story and the characters and now want to read more by this author. If you haven’t yet read yesterday’s post, pop over and check it out.

I have started Seven Days in Summer by Marcia Willett, set in Devon, England, and which I am also really enjoying. I love Willett’s warm, relaxing style of writing, and her characters who are always very relatable.

I am also reading the exquisitely written The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley. I was extremely upset over the death of Penny Vincenzi last year, but I have found Riley’s writing very reminiscent of Vincenzi’s early work which, I have to admit, I preferred to her last few books.

I am listening to Exit Wounds, an anthology of crime stories written by masters of the genre, including Jeffrey Deaver, Elly Griffiths and Mark Billingham.

This week I am planning on reading The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry.

Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parentโ€™s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, and a third too traumatized to speak.
Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?
They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, and troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt and suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, and the whole community.
With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, and the dangers of living double lives.

and Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz, my first book by this celebrated author. I hope to squeeze in Magpie Murders first, which is the first book in this series.

Retired publisher Susan Ryeland is living the good life. She is running a small hotel on a Greek island with her longterm boyfriend Andreas. It should be everything she’s always wanted – but is it? She’s exhausted with the responsibilities of making everything work on an island where nothing ever does, and truth be told she’s beginning to miss her old life in London.

And then a couple – the Trehearnes – come to stay, and the story they tell about an unfortunate murder that took place on the same day and in the same hotel in which their daughter was married, is such a strange and mysterious one that Susan finds herself increasingly fascinated by it. And when the Trehearnes tell her that their daughter is now missing, Susan knows that she must return to London and find out what really happened …

Only three new ARCs from Netgalley this week…

The Searcher by Tana French

Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy

and The Girl She Wanted by K.L. Slater

and one ARC directly from the author, You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

There is a leg of lamb roasting in the oven and it smells delicious; mouth wateringly good! So I am off now to prepare the vegetables. We’re having roasted potatoes, pumpkin, kumara, parsnip and minted peas. Somehow I don’t think we will need dessert.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy your reading.

Cheers

Sandy โค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“šโ˜•๐Ÿช

Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone โ€“ the 50 Million Reviews mark!

20 thoughts on “Watching what I’m reading . . .”

  1. Oh my goodness! Your storm sounds frightful! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Hope it will blow over soon and hasnโ€™t caused too much damage.
    Decorating decisions are so time consuming and stressful! Iโ€™m sure what you choose will be great!

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    1. We have had more strong winds today Carol. I always know that if we are getting rough weather here, elsewhere in New Zealand is getting worse weather.
      Oh, I hope so. I am not very good at this sort of thing. I need to find a picture of something that I love. . .

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      1. Good idea! Thanks Carol.

        No real damage locally but I noticed today that the river is quite high and it is raining heavily now, with more forecast overnight. The emergency services siren has been activated multiple times every day over the past few days, so anything is possible.

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      2. Good grief! 2020 needs a reset! With rain and wind you could lose some trees ๐Ÿ˜ซ weโ€™re still dealing with heat and fires here in SoCal …predicting wind this week and 100* temps ….we had a 4.6 earthquake last week ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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      3. We also had an earthquake just 100km down the road this week, 5.2. I think our poor old planet is protesting at our treatment. The wind is still really strong tonight, but the rain has eased off somewhat. I hope that you are in no danger from the fires, Carol. It seems that the disasters are endless this year! Stay safe. ๐Ÿค—

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  2. Wow what a crazy weather day!! We always watch The Gentle Man when we can catch it! My husband is a huge John Wayne fan! Oh no, a trip to the second hand bookstore! Drop off five, come home with ten??๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚Have a wonderful week Sandy and be well!โ˜•๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. Dropping off ten . . . So who knows? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ More crazy weather today. It’s spring, but we don’t usually get this weather until November. I really enjoyed The Gentle Man, more than Pete did. You have a wonderful week too! ๐Ÿ“šโ˜•๐Ÿชโค

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  3. I somehow missed this post last week. I am still catching up on reading blog posts that I have missed, so not sure if you posted a review of Butterfly Room or not. The way you talk about it, I am sure you loved it and it might be right up my alley as well.

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    1. I think that you would love it Carla. I am reading it in a physical book, and it’s big, so nothing that I can cart about with me, so it is taking me a lot longer to read than normal. But I love it. Big old family home, sibling rivalry, multi generational, mystery, beautifully written. . . what’s not to like? I see the author has quite a few back titles too, so I must watch for those on my rambles. โค๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“šโ˜•๐Ÿช

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